Gendered Behavior

Gendered behavior is a fundamental expression of gender identity and gender socialization that occurs developmentally for an individual throughout the life span. Sex typically refers to biological attributes of an individual, such as anatomical and hormonal differences between men and women, whereas gender takes on a more sociocultural conceptualization of a person identifying themselves as a male or female within a society. Gendered behavior are ways in which an individual acts in accordance with their identified male or female gender.

Gender socialization occurs as the individual navigates through their social environment and develops views defining gender. This socialization process occurs from birth, as a person observes differences in gender in terms of roles, behavior, and what constitutes appropriate interactions. Families may comment on physical characteristics, such ...

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